Former chief secretary Anson Chan Fang On-sang has been invited to US President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next Friday. She said she was “delighted” by the invitation will fly to Washington DC next Monday.

A statement said that, other than attending the inauguration and related events, she will also take some time to understand the new US administration’s views on China-US relations, the “One China” policy and Taiwan issues.

Anson Chan
Anson Chan. File Photo: Emily Chu/HKFP.

It said Chan, now the convener of think tank Hong Kong 2020, would “gladly reflect Hong Kong’s recent situation to the US side.”

It added she hoped the new administration will show concern for Hong Kong issues and continue to support the city’s development of democracy, support the defence of Hong Kong’s freedom and rule of law, and support the implementation of the “One Country, Two Systems” and “Hong Kong people ruling Hong Kong” principles.

Donald Trump
Donald Trump. Photo: Evan Guest, via Flickr.

It will be the first time Chan has attended an inauguration of a US President. The statement said she “will meet old friends and hopes to meet some new friends.”

Since Trump’s election victory, he has made several unprecedented moves such as speaking with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen in a 10-minute phone call.

Trump also tweeted: “China steals United States Navy research drone in international waters” and later tweeted: “We should tell China that we don’t want the drone they stole back.- let them keep it!” when China returned the drone.

But Trump has rarely commented on Hong Kong issues, though – during the 2014 pro-democracy Occupy protests – he said that incumbent President Barack Obama should stay out of the demonstrations.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong 2020 will on Tuesday announce a series of suggested questions for members of the chief executive election committee to ask candidates, and its members will discuss criteria that candidates should possess.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.